Post # 1
So I went in for bloodwork yesterday and my doctor’s office called today to confirm that the blood test was positive however my levels were “pretty low” so they want me back tomorrow for more bloodwork to make sure those levels are rising.
I literally tested and got a positive at 11DPO… it’s only 13DPO now. Could it be that my levels are low because its so early? or is this a sign of a chemical pregnancy?
I have no cramping, no bleeding, just some serious bloat, right now and an odd metalic taste in my mouth.
Post # 3
I think a chemical pregnancy happens before your period comes on. Im not expert with the levels except levels can be different from woman to woman. I wish you nothing but sticky baby dust!
Post # 4
@SouthernPearl: It is hard to say based off of levels taken just once because it can vary so much. If they test you again and it doubles, you are probably not having a chemical pregnancy. If it barely goes up, or goes down, it is possible that you are.
Post # 5
I think it’s not your beginning levels that matter so much as it is that the numbers are doubling. I wouldn’t say that low numbers are a definite sign of a chemical although it could be. Hoping that this pregnancy is sticky for you!
Post # 6
@the_newlymintedmrs-s17: It could be that your levels are low because it is early. Let’s certainly hope so! The important thing is that they rise with the next blood test. There is no other way of telling. I am sending you lots of healthy sticky baby dust!!! You can POAS again if you find it reassuring.
(I’ve read that metallic taste can be related to the irons levels in the prenatal vitamins, although it could also be related to pregnancy.)
Post # 7
oh I love waiting games… now I’m afraid to sneeze :-/
Thanks for the positive thoughts and advice bees. fingers crossed levels go up. siiiiiiiiiiiigh
Post # 8
I’m sorry I don’t have an ansewer to your question, but, I wanted to throw in that my gf went in because she got a positive test, and the doctor said that her levels were really low, to the point where they didn’t really think the pregnancy was viable, well she is now almost 15 weeks and going strong.
Post # 9
Yah, the initial number doesn’t matter. All that matters it the number after 48 hours and how it compares to the first number. Should be doubling.
Post # 10
@PoppyH: thank you for sharing this. Gives me hope.
Fingers crossed for me tomorrow. I think I’m going to pop out of work earlier than I originally thought…hopefully I can get an answer tomorrow before I wait all weekend in panic!
Post # 11
@the_newlymintedmrs-s17: You are pregnant, get excited! Eek!!! According to american pregnancy.org HCG can be detected as early as 11DPO and your levels & double every 72 or so hours. During the first few weeks HCG levels guidelines are as follows:
hCG levels in weeks from LMP (gestational age)* :
- 3 weeks LMP: 5 – 50 mIU/ml
- 4 weeks LMP: 5 – 426 mIU/ml
- 5 weeks LMP: 18 – 7,340 mIU/ml
I wouldn’t worry about it. The term “pretty low” is very non descript. I’m really glad my doc’s didn’t test my levels because I think I would have been a total wreck waiting inbetween tests to see if my numbers were rising. Good luck to you and that sticky baby! And congrats!
Post # 12
@the_newlymintedmrs-s17: its chemical if it doesn’t implant, for mine I had a positive test one day and a negative test two days later, then got a late/weird period shortly afterwards – I could tell with a pee stick without even needing the blood test
levels don’t matter as long as its increasing
Post # 13
You’re pregnant, congrats!
Low HCG levels at 13DPO are common. I’ve seen a lot of bees get told their HCG is low then it keeps doubling and they have healthy babies 🙂
Post # 14
Could very well be your levels are still low because it is early, also a later implantation day would give lower than average numbers. I was told the same thing with this pregnancy, had my betas done on 10DPO and they were a 7. Positive is over 5 I think so it was positive but the nurse was concerned because they were so low. However, 3 days later they restested and they were 62. I am now 29 weeks along. Hope your second set of betas shows rising numbers! Unfortunately you can’t really tell much of anything from the first set, what matters is that they are rising/doubling appropriately.
Post # 15
My cousin was told she had SUPER low levels and that her baby had no HB at 8 weeks.
As it turned out, she was actually not quite 6 weeks!
So I woudn’t worry!
Post # 16
Thanks bees. I feel a little better. I took a FRER and got a really really solid double line (my last two were definitely there but faint) so I feel a little better satisfying my paranoia